Potting Phalaenopsis Orchids

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Orchids are one of the largest families of flowering plants with over 20,000 different species. When you focus only on orchids that are grown as houseplants, the number is much smaller. The easiest of all orchids to grow is the phalaenopsis, sometimes called the moth orchid. This genus of orchid has become very common and easy to find. You can go to a garden center, a grocery store or even a home improvement store and find a good selection of phalaenopsis plants.

When you’re growing a phalaenopsis, it’s helpful to know how it grows in the wild. This orchid is an epiphyte, meaning that in nature it grows on tree branches. Its roots are used to adhere to the tree bark and also to absorb water and nutrients from the air. A phalaeonopsis has to have a potting mix that’s very loose and airy; it needs as much air as…

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